Brazil fail again in their quest to end their World Cup drought

Brazil fail again in their quest to end their World Cup drought

DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Brazil’s hopes of ending a 20-year wait for a World Cup title faded in a 4-2 loss to Croatia in a penalty shootout in the quarterfinals.

Neymar scored in extra time to equal Pele’s tally of 77 goals and give Brazil the lead, but Croatia equalized through Bruno Petkovic in the 117th minute to win the shootout after Rodrygo and Marquinhos missed penalties for Brazil .

Neymar was unable to take the penalty after Brazilian manager Tite’s controversial decision to leave him for the end.


Brazil arrived as one of the favorites for the title, but there were concerns about what they could do after Neymar was injured in the first game and his participation in the tournament was in doubt.

Brazil were still able to comfortably advance to the group stage despite a 1-0 loss to Cameroon with their reserve team, a result that ended the Selecao’s 17-match unbeaten run in group matches and questioned the overall quality of the team. It was also the first time that Brazil lost to an African nation in a World Cup.

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